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What to do when a child support order is ignored

Child support is an important source of financial sustenance for a child whose parents no longer live together. Child support is often ordered when parents go through divorces or when they choose to end their non-marital relationships in order to pursue futures separate and apart from each other. When Texas parents separate from their significant others, though, their responsibilities to their kids do not disappear.

This means that a parent cannot stop providing money for their child's care just because they no longer live with them. A parent who stops paying court-ordered or agreement-based child support may be subject to enforcement efforts and penalties from the courts for their delinquencies. One of the most common ways that child support orders are enforced is through the garnishment of the parents' wages.

Wage garnishments take money out of parents' paychecks and direct those funds directly to the children in satisfaction of their support agreements and orders. In order to have a parent's wages garnished a child's custodial parent may need to go to court to ask for such an action to be taken. Their family law attorney can help them take on this important and necessary task.

Other enforcement options when child support goes unpaid may include but are not limited to the suspension of business, driving, and professional licenses; the seizure of property and income tax refunds; and the denial of passports. Parents who are struggling to help their children receive the financial support they deserve from their noncustodial parents may want to reach out to their trusted Texas family law attorneys for help with their child support enforcement efforts.

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